Now Railway of the Month for L&DMRC member!

Graham Ashley followed up the featuring of his Italian HO layout in Continental Modeller’s June Edition, with Railway of the Month in September’s issue of the sister magazine Railway Modeller.

“Bridport re-imagined” is an OO scale modern image British outline “never leave home” layout located in a purpose built room using half of a double garage.

So for the record,  layouts at the Liphook club have now been featured three times in Continental Modeller (two articles on a Japanese N scale club layout and one on the Italian HO scale layout) and once in Railway Modeller.

Unfortunately none of the layouts now exist. Yamanouchi Oshika was sold and is now a British layout!; Travo has been dismantled, as has Bridport- ready for an impending house move.

For a club of 13 or so members a good effort..

Local club member’s layout featured in Continental Modeller

In the latest issue (June) received by post today, Graham Ashley’s Italian layout Travo is featured in a 6 page spread. An interesting article with some great pictures.

The layout was displayed at the L&DMRC’s Model Trains in the Valley Open Day in 2015 and at Eurotrack earlier this year, at which Nick H and myself assisted.

This is the 3rd time an L&DMRC layout has been featured in CM- will there be a 4th with the club’s Friedrichstrasse layout?


Building a Model Railway Group is GO!

It was a successful launch for Building a Model Railway Group 2017 at Liphook U3A’s Open Day yesterday (13th March).

I went prepared with lots of model railway reading matter to while away the hours! Actually it was quite hectic at some periods with people waiting.

Seven were signed up pus one who was already signed up so we have 8 in total. At that rate the cost will be £21 each for the 12 monthly sessions.

I have written to the 3 “associated” local U3A’s as a last check to see if we can get another 3 or so to reduce the subs a little more.

The group was a good spread with a range of types- most new to retirement, but no obvious anoraks!

E-mails out to confirm arrangements later today..

Good days at Eurotrack 2017

We had a good two days at Eurotrack 2017-  25th & 26th February 2017 with Travo, Graham A’s* Italian -Era 6 layout TRAVO.

Graham received many compliments on the modelling & simplicity of his layout,  but the layout suffered a few irritating minor electrical problems which started dark talk of scrapping on the Saturday. The situation improved somewhat  on Sunday, but the problems continued.

Graham is now contemplating improvements and track relaying- exhibition invites were received but were rejected until the problems are resolved.

Travo with French railcar (mine) having a trial run!


Graham was helped by Nick H*. on the Saturday and on Saturday & Sunday by the writer



A series of pictures (not these) were taken by the Continental Modeller editor on the Sunday- hopefully might appear in CM at some point.


*L&DMRC members

Building a Model Railway

See details of a new Liphook U3A group being proposed for 2017

Building a model railway 2017 is not a course but a group who will follow the building of a new model railway layout over a period of 12 months- monthly sessions with the opportunity to exhibit the finished layout at local & regional exhibitions. See details on a new page on this site.

Good day “playing trains”

In its first major operating session in front of the public, Friedrichstrasse performed well & put on a good show at our local Milland Rural Fair.

Thanks to Ben. Nick, Martin & James for operational excellence & to Mary & Mu who kept us plied with tea, coffee & cake.

Thanks to members of the general public who made kind comments & particularly to the young lad who returned many times to see the layout throughout the day. and was enthralled!

Busy meeting 3rd June

Preparations for the Rural Fair meant the Committee Room was more crowded than usual with Friedrichstrasse erected to fit the curtain & the perspex screening.

A small amount of running was achieved with a Trix TEE unit, but there were problems with the operation of the front & rear headlights.

A potential new member James  from Liphook turned up & seemed to enjoy himself.

Volunteered to help us out at the Rural Fair on Sunday.

Simon appeared to show progress on F/Strasse church. Announced he recently celebrated his 80th birthday- congratulations.

Showed samples of wall finish for viaduct- underwhelming response!

Appartment block moved away from church as it dominated the scene- now placed on “island” between tram tracks.

Area around church to be fully fledged churchyard

29th May Workday goes well

There was a reasonable turn out of 7 members working on Friedrichstrasse & the West Country branch line in the main hall of MVMH on Sunday.

Unfortunately I was only able to stay for  two hours of the 5 hours booked, but I’d expect that good progress was made. I have plenty of homework to do on Friedrichstrasse!

Good day exhibiting at Globalrail 2016

Today we (Nick, Graham & myself) had a good day exhibiting Kanjiyama at Globalrail 2016 at Didcot

This was the first time the club had exhibited at a German Railway Society exhibition. It was well organised; there was a good interesting range of layouts, including Czech narrow gauge -TT on Z scale track & O gauge German & British; with excellent trade serving continental enthusiasts & a number of specialised continental socities. The venue was good. The layout behaved itself.

I am sure the organisers would have liked a few more visitors, but as a new show at a new venue it was promising

We hope to get invited again!

David & Ben visited the exhibition & did some shopping..

Nick & myself also helped to keep the traders happy  with some buying & Graham exercised commendable control in buying a few copies of S/H back issues of Continental Modeller magazine!

I met a fellow member of the Scandinavian Railways Society & the editor/owner of Scale Rail International, Chris Ford who recognised my name from his subscriber list!!